After finding its way back onto the podium in Mettet, Belgium, Team Peugeot Hansen will be looking to keep the momentum going as the championship moves on to Lydden Hill. The Franco-Swedish operation is currently third in the Teams' standings and is targeting its first victory of the season in its bid to move further up the provisional leaderboard.
Lydden Hill, Kent, is viewed as the home of rallycross. It was here that the first ever rallycross meeting was held on 4th February, 1967.
In parallel to Team Peugeot Hansen's two cars, Peugeot Hansen Academy will have two Peugeot 208 WRXs at Lydden Hill. The #17 car will be in the hands of Davy Jeanney, who has a programme of 10 world championship rounds this season, while the #71 car will allow Kevin Hansen to continue to gain experience at world championship level in addition to his campaign in the European Rallycross Championship which he currently tops.
Kenneth Hansen (Team Principal)
"I like Lydden Hill. It's one of the calendar's faster circuits where you can really make the most of the potential of a car like the Peugeot 208 WRX. I know it's a venue that suits Timmy, Davy and Kevin, and I am certain that Sébastien will lose no time adapting given his experience of racing on asphalt. We will need to adapt our strategy to the fact that the Joker Lap veers off at Turn 1. We are determined to up our game a notch and our intention is to fight for the win. We have shown recently that we have the speed to achieve that goal."
Sébastien Loeb (N°9 Peugeot 208 WRX)
"After finishing on the podium in Mettet, I couldn't be more fired up ahead of Lydden Hill. The aim is to continue being competitive and up there battling with the leading pack, despite the fact that Lydden Hill is unknown territory for me. I saw in Belgium how a good start position can make a huge difference and how your weekend can tip one way or the other very quickly. I hope Lydden Hill goes well from that point of view."
Timmy Hansen (N°21 Peugeot 208 WRX)
"The early races have been pretty hard for me, so I hope Lydden Hill will mark the start of a more positive spiral. I know we have the speed for that to happen and this is one of my favourite circuits. I always enjoy its sweeping corners and the flowing rhythm it calls for. For me, Turn 1 is one of the most interesting corners of the season. It's on gravel, with a brief portion of asphalt. I love it. It's a track that suits both the Peugeot 208 WRX and my driving style, and I've got some fond memories of my previous visits. It's here that I competed for the first time as a full-time rallycross driver. I finished on the podium and I'm hoping history will repeat itself this time round!"
Saturday, 28th May:
09:15 - 09:45: free practice - Part 1
10:15 - 11:00: free practice - Part 2
From 12:00: qualifying 1
From 14:30: qualifying 2
Sunday, 29th May:
10:30 - 11:00: warm-up
From 11:00: Qualifying 3 & 4
From 15:00: Semi-finals & final